About Western Connecticut State University

Founded in 1903, Western Connecticut State University. is a Public college. Located in Connecticut, which is a city setting in Connecticut, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 5,181 full time undergraduate students, and 540 full time graduate students.

The Western Connecticut State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 224 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Western Connecticut State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate66%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at WCSU are considered Selective, with ,20% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

61% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 20% were in the top quarter, and 5% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Western Connecticut State University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    70 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    57 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    79 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    83 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    83 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    83 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    83 Students rated local services 4 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    82 Students rated academics 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

Western Connecticut State University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Western Connecticut State University?

25 Students rated Western Connecticut State University

Sanai - 08/02/2023

Western Connecticut State University is a campus on the smaller side of the scale but it’s very welcoming. It’s pretty effortless to find your group of people. There’s a group for everyone on campus, no matter your race, major, interest, etc. I like the intimacy of our campus because it’s not over crowded but it’s big enough to have a true college experience

Michelle - 09/10/2020

WCSU is a fantastic choice if you’re interested in majoring in music. The new Visual and Performing Arts Center is state of the art and the music professors are top notch professional musicians and educators. Music educators who have graduated from WestConn have an instant reputation and are in high demand in Connecticut schools.

Cian - 04/01/2020

I love the biology department, but the system itself is so, so flawed! Financial Aid is never helpful and other areas you'll have to stay on top of to get anything done. I transferred in, first semester here, and it was an awful experience getting everything sorted (I transferred from a CSCC). It's also a pretty boring campus; the social aspect isn't there -- in college-held events or in clubs.

Kellie - 03/26/2020

I enjoy coming to WestConn. The professors are accessible and knowledgable for the most part, I respect most of them and some are very motivating. The staff is always looking and open to ideas that will help student life and academic life. Many services are available for students like train passes, concerts, healthcare, library, etc. I lived on campus for 2 years and I loved my freshman year dorm but sophomore year it wasn't the best experience. The food could be a little bit better or more of a variety, but overall its not too bad. At Western, you get the most bang for your buck, which is the reason I chose the school. I really enjoyed going here and if they had a law school, I'd definitely go back.

Western Connecticut State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Western Connecticut State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Western Connecticut State University is 66%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back and talk to myself I would tell myself to be brave about new experiences. Many times I've stopped myself from doing something I wanted to do because I was afraid I wouldn't be good at it or people would think I had no business being there because I hadn't done it before or that I couldnt' talk with a new person or a teacher because I was afraid they wouldn't like me or they didn't care about me. But most of the time when I forced myself to do something--mainly becuase I had to because it was required--the experience was never as bad as I imagined it to be. In fact most of the time it was a lot better than I thought it would be and I was really glad I did it. I'd also tell myself that even if I only learned ONE thing from a class or a meeting with someone or a new experience, it was time well spent. Learning even only one new thing can be the basis for changing your whole life or giving it greater meaning.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Although school hasn't started my classmates from last semester were extremely upbeat. I met and became friends with a variety of ethnicities.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Wester Connecticut State University is my home away from home: warm and demanding, the only difference is that I have lots of parents i have to respond and respect to, and many siblings to take care of.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Genius people.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I don't.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about this school is the professors who are really willing to reach out and help the students. There are exceptions, but most professors that I have encountered want the student to suceed and will help them in any way possible. Most of the faculty are professionals in their field and very knowledageable.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    I think any kind of person can attend the school. The school does have a great teacher program and they have their own weather station.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    WestConn has a great reputation for its arts programs, which is my area of study.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    This university is fortified with a rich culture that is unlike most education establishments in this country. The award winning music and arts programs, teamed with impecable business and notorious Connecticut education programs are superior in nature. The student to teacher ratio and rich student body provides and environment that is both stimulating and culturally sound, leaving every student with lessons taught not only in the classroom, but outside throughout their stay at Western Connecticut State University. Students come from all over to attend this school and I can personally account for the reasons why.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known the exact classes that I was required to take in order to fulfill my social work major. I also wish that I took all of my general courses before I started taking courses for the major that I planned to pursue.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The college is to spread out between campuses.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    It is too small, some of the professors aren't available enough, the students are usually more concerned with partying rather than their grades, and there are very little to no scholarships available for students.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Artsy and yes it is more or less accurate. We are developing a good science program and we have a great teaching program. but a majority of the students here are in the music or theader programs

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    clubs pac and sga

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    most of the kids here are c ish students who didnt do well in high school. ( there are alot of transfer students who transfer out to get ot better colleges when they get good grades here so like a second chance at high school and there are also alot of ppl who transfer here because the pricing is competative for a univeristy

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  17. What's the hardest thing about freshman year?

    The hardest thing about freshman year is time management. You have a ton of freedom that comes with being a college student. So, sometimes it's hard to remember you have a paper due the next day when you have a party you want to go to that night. You defiantly have to make judgement calls when managing your time.

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  18. What do people really wear to class?

    Let's see...some people wear pj's and slippers, while others wear jeans and t-shirt. Hats are ok unless the professor says otherwise. Really people just wear what they feel like wearing.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I want to become a writer and WestConn was the only school I found that had a separate department dedicated just to writing. Also I audited a few classes and was familiar with the campus already.

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  20. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    good school, like alot of schools they do things half backwards. there is alot of burocracy, however, the students are very helping and have a postive competative atmosphere and most of the teachers actually care which makes the learning experence very cool.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

81% of students attending Western Connecticut State University receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 50% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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